Thursday, 27 April 2017

Amigurumi: Pikachu

I have not been posting much of my handmade stuff as I was on a 'crochet slump' LOL! Anyway, I was recently inspired by my cousin brother who makes adorable pom pom dolls like poodle, raccoon and even owl! Plus with hub's encouragement of everything Pokemon inspired, I've finally dwell and doodle on my own creation!

I've decided to make some keychains which is easy and light for use. I have started on the most famous Pokemon, Pikachu, and basically tried a few times before getting it right. So here I am sharing my beta testings until I got the right Pikachu I wanted.
My first 2 beta tests LOL!

3rd beta test still not there yet...

AND the final ONE! Yay!
It was not an easy task to create my own but it was a challenging yet satisfying experience nevertheless. Now moving on to the next on my list, Pichu!

What I've used:

  • 100% acrylic yarns
  • Fibre-filling
  • Key holder

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

MPOV: Moana

My rating: 4/5
IMDb rating: 7.7/10
Released: November 23, 2016
Director: Ron Clements, John Musker
Voice casts: Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Nicole Scherzinger, Jemaine Clement, Rachel House
Category: A 2016 American computer-animated musical family film

A small pounamu stone that is the mystical heart of the island goddess, Te Fiti, is stolen by the wind and sea demigod, Maui, who plans to give it to humanity as a gift. As Maui makes his escape, he is attacked by Te Ka, a lava demon of Earth and fire, causing his power-granting magical fishhook and the heart of Te Fiti to be lost in the ocean.

A millennium later, Moana, daughter and heir of the chief on the small Polynesian island of Motunui, is chosen by the ocean to receive the heart, but drops it when her father, Tui comes to get her. He insists the island provides everything the villagers need. Years later, a blight strikes the island as fish become scarce and the island's vegetation begins dying. Moana proposes going beyond the reef to find more fish. Tui rejects her request, claiming that sailing past the reef is forbidden.

Moana's grandmother, Tala, shows Moana a secret cave behind a waterfall where she finds boats inside and discovers her ancestors were voyagers, sailing and discovering new islands across the world. Tala explains that they stopped voyaging because Maui stole the heart of Te Fiti, causing monsters to appear in the ocean. Tala then says Te Ka's darkness has been spreading from island to island, slowly killing them. Tala returns the heart of Te Fiti to Moana, which she had recovered after Moana dropped it.

The above taken from Wikipedia.

Overall, a very entertaining musical movie with a little bit of everything. Happy, sad, action, funny, sarcasm, etc! The best part, The Rock, can sing! Oh yes! I was delighted as I didn't know he could sing that well... LOL! Anyway, Moana did reminds me of Mulan... a female protagonist/ heroine/ saviour of her village. Although a little unrealistic for a little girl to travel alone in the high seas, it's just animation and definitely a story of a brave young girl with a mission to save her village. Anyhow, it's a warm-hearted movie to be watched with the family.

Monday, 24 April 2017

MPOV: The Plated

My rating: 2.5/5
Location: L2-20 & 21, Second Floor, IOI City Mall
Type: halal

Another of those whims where I liked the interior decoration and hub's had to follow along LOL! Unfortunately, aside from the nice decors, the food and service are just average in my books. The waiters were also not as attentive, maybe lack of staff so they were mainly in the counter.

Grilled Chicken Chop RM19.90
OK lah with average taste according to hubs.
Moroccan Egg RM15.90
All it tasted was spicy... though it was a good dipping sauce for the garlic baguette which I wished was more than 2 slices.
Grilled Chicken Chop RM19.90
Moroccan Egg RM15.90
2 glasses of water RM1
Total including 6% GST and 10% service charge RM42.90

Overall, though the ambience was cosy and comfortable, the food was average with quite a pricey tag. I wouldn't mind hanging out here with my friends... lepaking with drinks but not for a heavy meal lah. Probably the menu is just not my cup of tea.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

CSM: Sholee Sphere @ Flea-esta Summit USJ this weekend

Summit USJ will be having a MPSJ event this weekend and we have been invited to join the bazaar for both Saturday and Sunday! Woot! Woot! So do drop by and join in the fun!

Date: 22nd and 23rd April 2017, Saturday and Sunday
Time: 11am to 7pm
Location: Summit Mall main entrance, next to Old Town White Coffee

Other events happening this weekend which you can indulge in...

So come one, come all!!!

Monday, 17 April 2017

MPOV: Ca.faeyen

My rating: 3/5
Location: LG-36 Lower Ground Floor, IOI City Mall

We tried this restaurant on a whim, mainly because I liked the interior decoration LOL! So thankfully the food was good except for hub's which turned out to be sweet! Not a good combination for something spicy and soupy though...
Hoy Lai Pad Prik Pao RM17.90
Khao Kai Jiew Ham Kab Tom Yum RM18.90
 Mine turned out to be a set which was just nice and fulfilling. I definitely enjoyed my meal set.
Suki Seafood Noodle Soup RM15.90
 Hub's sweet soupy broth with noodles... luckily the lala was spicy so tone down the sweetness.
Suki Seafood Noodle Soup RM15.90
Khao Kai Jiew Ham Kab Tom Yum RM18.90
Hoy Lai Pad Prik Pao RM17.90
2 drinking water RM4
Total including 10% service charge RM62.30

Definitely pricey for a Thai dinner as we could get much cheaper with better quality outside. Well, once in a blue moon treat for ourselves then with such nice ambience and efficient service. I really like the vertical potted plants hanging at the side wall!

Thursday, 13 April 2017

MPOV: BMS Organics

My rating: 4/5
Location: LG 42, Lower Ground Floor, IOI City Mall
Type: organic, vegetarian, in the midst of obtaining the halal certification

This restaurant has been attracting me for awhile and I was curious of the health conscious, organic type of food. So we finally gave it a try and I was definitely surprised by the outcome.
1 pot of Jujube Chrysanthemum Tea RM12.90
One of my highlights, this wonderful healthy tea! We were also given a small cup of ginger tea for tasting, free of course, and it was definitely like an appetizer for me.

Dinner set for 2 pax RM38.90
Super yummy dinner set, though for 2 pax but I felt it is good enough for 3! Even though I was really full, I didn't have that bloated tummy feeling. Instead it felt good and fulfilling which I think is due to the healthy, organic way of cooking.

Our total bill was RM51.80, already inclusive of 6% GST. The portion was a good size and we nearly couldn't finished it as it is very fulfilling. Definitely worth every penny especially since it's organic. Also a simple and carefree ambience good enough for a family dinner, cozy and the main thing is it's organic, cooked in the healthy way!

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

MPOV: The Great Wall

My rating: 2/5
IMDb rating: 6.2/10
Released: February 17, 2017
Director: Zhang Yimou
Casts: Matt Damon, Jing Tian, Andy Lau, Lu Han, Pedro Pascal
Category: PG-13; A 2016 monster film

In the time of the Song dynasty during the reign of the Renzong Emperor (i.e. AD 1010–63), a few miles north of the Great Wall, a mercenary group originally consisting of twenty men searching for black powder are pursued by Khitan bandits, who have already killed some of the men. Upon escaping they seek refuge in a cave but are then attacked by an unknown monster, leaving only William and Tovar alive, with the former having slashed off the monster's hand. The two decide to bring the arm with them. The next day, they stumble upon the Great Wall and are taken prisoner by Chinese soldiers of a secretive military sect called the Nameless Order, led by General Shao and Strategist Wang.

The Nameless Order is a Chinese military order commissioned by the Imperial Court of the Song Dynasty as a special division of the Imperial Army conceived for the sole purpose of repelling a horde of alien monsters (the Taotie ??) who rise every 60 years. The commanding officers are shocked upon seeing the monster's severed hand, as the Order believed the invasion was still weeks away. Suddenly, a wave of monsters attack the Great Wall, and the battalions are mobilized. The Nameless Order is divided into five special units: the melee-specialist Bear Troop, the acrobatic-specialist Crane Troop, the archer-specialist Eagle Troop, the siege engine-specialist Tiger Troop, and the horse-mounted Deer Troop. Losses are sustained on both sides before the monsters' queen recalls her drones. During the battle, William and Tovar are freed by Sir Ballard, a European who, like them had ventured east twenty-five years ago in search of black powder. William saves Peng Yong, a warrior in the Bear Troop from the attacking monsters. William and Tovar's battle skills earn the respect of General Shao and Commander Lin, leader of the Crane Troop. Later, William and Tovar meet Sir Ballard who had also been taken prisoner and had been serving as an English and Latin teacher. The three foreign mercenaries discuss plans to steal black powder from the storeroom and flee while the soldiers are occupied by battle. Later, Strategist Wang meets William and explains the situation: the monsters that William fought were Taoties (in the film collectively called the Tao Tei), which originated from a green meteor that crashed onto Gouwu Mountain two thousand years ago. The Chinese believe the Taotie were sent from the gods to punish the Emperor for abusing his authority over the Middle Kingdom and its people. They attack northern China once every sixty years, an invasion for which the Order has been training for their entire lives.

During the night, two Taoties reach the top of the Wall and silently kill several watchmen. Shao and Lin lead the Deer soldiers to investigate, but are ambushed. The Taoties are slain but Shao, wounded beyond recovery, succumbs to his injuries and dies, leaving Lin to take command of the Nameless Order. Around this time, an envoy from the capital arrives with an ancient scroll which suggests that the monsters are pacified by magnets. Wang believes that the stone William carried all this time enabled him to slay the Taotie he fought before entering the Wall. To test the hypothesis, William suggests that they should capture a Taotie alive and agrees to help. This results in his delaying his escape plans, which puts him at odds with Tovar who nevertheless delays his escape plan to assist William, much to Ballard's chagrin. During the next attack, the Taotie are numerous enough to cause Lin to resort to using black powder rockets, whose existence had been kept secret from the Westerners until now. They manage to capture a living Taotie and prove the hypothesis. The Taotie is taken to the capital by the envoy. A short while later, a hole is discovered in the base of the Great Wall, which the Taotie queen has used to lead her hordes to the capital. While Lin investigates, Tovar and Ballard try to escape and knock William unconscious for resisting. William is then arrested by the Chinese soldiers, and despite being saved by a statement from Peng Yong, William eventually is locked up in the Wall. Some distance away, Ballard betrays and abandons Tovar, but is himself captured by the Khitans, who inadvertently destroy themselves and Ballard after carelessly igniting the powder. Tovar reclaims the horses but is recaptured by the Deer Troop. At the capital the envoy decides to show their theory to the Song emperor, but the Taotie wakes up and signals to the Taotie queen.

The above taken from Wikipedia.

This movie, aside from the famed whitewashing, was a disappointment for me. Firstly, the CGIs were truly unreal, very fake. Then the enemies were aliens which can be controlled by magnets? Funny thing was the Chinese armies were colour coded! I just don't get it... In the end, the hero is a White man and most Chinese heroes have died. Predictable and simple as that. It was a good effort but not my cup of tea lah...


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